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Beren and Luthien Deluxe Slipcase Edition

Beren and Luthien Deluxe Slipcase Edition

Nov 29, 2017

Greetings!

I understand that a Deluxe Slipcase Edition of Beren and Luthien has been published as well, along with the regular edition.

I am thinking about acquiring one, but I am not quite sure whether reissues are already printed for the book. Has anyone received a copy of the second impression of Beren and Luthien Deluxe Slipcase Edition?
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Dec 7, 2017

Eorl wrote:
The Antiquarian... that’s the nicest response ever :)

It was clear to me what you meant, but I can see where the confusion might have been.

Anyway, I think you should be able to get the Beren & Luthien deluxe edition for about USD 70 if you’re lucky. I overpaid a little bit but I rushed to get a 1st/1st. I’m sorry I can’t help with whether they’ve reached 2nd impressions. Perhaps a message to Harper Collins might clarify.


Thank you very much for your kind words!

I am perusing abehbooks.com to search for the Beren & Luthien deluxe edition, but being abroad at the moment, the hefty shipping is an unavoidable expense. However, that will not deter me!


Stu wrote:

Ha Ha. I didn't even think twice about it! In truth, I do consider myself a novice compared to some of the other collectors here (even though the first few books in my collection were acquired in the early 1980s). I'll remove myself from official novice status when I have every state and impression of the Longmans Hobbit.


Mr. Stu, you don't have to be so modest :)

By the way, I see that several of the folks here and on Reddit are talking about Longmans Hobbit. May I ask how much the first and second impression of Longmans Hobbits are worth in current market?
Dec 7, 2017
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The_Antiquarian wrote:

By the way, I see that several of the folks here and on Reddit are talking about Longmans Hobbit. May I ask how much the first and second impression of Longmans Hobbits are worth in current market?


I assume you are referring to the Pleasure in Reading edition, http://tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=21450, as there are other Longman's Hobbits.

It is very hard to say regarding value, as only 12 copies are currently known, https://www.tolkienguide.com/modules/n ... =ASC&type=&mode=0&start=0, though as it went to two printings, more must be around and may eventually come to market, though in this case with so small a number the impression, 1st or 2nd, does not apply in terms of value.

If I were to guess that as a maximum 120 copies are still in existence, 10 times the copies we know about, then this would still be the rarest English language hardback edition of The Hobbit.

It is very difficult to set a market value for a book, when only 12 copies are currently known, and in this case, condition is very important if you look at the two copies in my collection (pictured below), the one on the left is in good condition, and the copy on the right is in poor condition, as it has no spine.

There are least two better copies than my good condition copy, and rarity does not equate with value for a book like this, so IMHO I would say about £300 for the copy on the right, and £600 for the copy on the left, and a fine copy £1500.

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Dec 7, 2017


If I were to guess that as a maximum 120 copies are still in existence, 10 times the copies we know about, then this would still be the rarest English language edition of The Hobbit.


What about this English Language Edition (Indian Printing) - The Blackie Hobbit

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=21550
Dec 7, 2017
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remy wrote:


If I were to guess that as a maximum 120 copies are still in existence, 10 times the copies we know about, then this would still be the rarest English language edition of The Hobbit.


What about this English Language Edition (Indian Printing) - The Blackie Hobbit

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=21550


Thanks for pointing this out, as it could be rarer, but should have stated that I meant hardback editions, this could be the rarest paperback English edition?

Do you have any numbers for these, I have never seen one so assume could be extremely rare?

I have now updated my post to mention that this is about English hardback editions.
Dec 7, 2017


Do you have any numbers for these, I have never seen one so assume could be extremely rare?


I have never seen one for sale and have been on the lookout for 15 years!!

Might have to take a trip to India and do some scouting around second hand bookshops.

Anyone here have one in their collection?
Dec 7, 2017

Anyone here have one in their collection?


I'd love even just to see some pictures of one of these, one of the last few remaining UK Hobbit editions I don't have. I was browsing through used Indian online bookstores (in English) a couple days ago which was completely useless. Perhaps if someone was able to read Hindi they might have a crack at smaller seller-owned sites? Not that I know of any. But I doubt if it would turn up anything.

Remy, when you get to India, pick up an extra for me will ya?

There's another Indian edition I've also been trying to track down, certainly not in the same 'rare' category... the 2003 HarperCollins India PB (Tolkien Collector no. 29, p 9). Anyone have one of these?
Dec 8, 2017

remy wrote:

What about this English Language Edition (Indian Printing) - The Blackie Hobbit

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details.php?reference=21550


Also been half-heartedly looking for one of these forever. Never seen.
Dec 8, 2017
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I know someone with a copy.
Dec 8, 2017

Deagol wrote:
I know someone with a copy.


Now there is a surprise!
Dec 8, 2017

Deagol wrote:
I know someone with a copy.


Fantastic. Nice to know there is at least one in existence!

Where did you find it?
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